The incredible cycling community of Durango is getting together on Wednesday December 3rd 5:30-8:30pm at Carver Brewing Company, 1022 Main Ave. We’ll honor the champions of the year and all the sponsors/supporters that make the cycling community what it is. $1 from every root beer and beer purchase will go to the DEVO and FLC Cycling programs. Hope to see you there.
It is all set in stone – check out the link and poster at:
On Saturday the the Cross Country and Downhill were contested at the 2014 Collegiate MTB Nationals with FLC getting 3 riders on the podium.
Becky Gardner defended her Downhill national title with a win the women’s race with teammate Leila Carrillo taking 3rd place and Sofia Gomez Villafane taking 6th. Those placings earned the Lady Hawks 1st as a team.
The en’s cross-country was the first race of the day that included 6 laps of a 3.5 mile course with a very significant climb to start. CU’s Sepp Kuss took the win for his second national title of the weekend. Payson McElveen was the first FLC rider with a 5th place finish. After riding in the top 5 for most of the day Stephan Davoust earned 7th and his teammates Mike Sampson and Levi Kurlander got 15th and 16th respectively.
In the women’s XC Sofia Gomez Villafane started strong but faded with leg cramps as the race continued around for 5 laps and ended up 6th. Jenna MacPherson shone bright in her first season on mountain biking and picked ladies off all day for 7th place. The Endersbe sisters rode strong to finish 16th and 18th respectively for Carley and Libbey. Cara Woods had a tough day and ended up 23rd in the 30 rider field.
In the Men’s downhill Brian White finished 9th, Joe Crosby 11th, Andrew Fortini 14th and Zach Graveson got a flat half way down the course to finish a disappointing 18th.
On tap for the final day is the Team Relay and the crowd pleasing Dual Slalom. FLC sits 53 points behind the leader, CU, and has a a 46 point cushion on third place Marian. FLC rider Mike Sampson leads the individual omnium after competing in all three races contested so far and Sofia Gomez Villafane sits in 2nd in the womb’s omnium.
The FLC Cycling team sits in 2nd place after the first 2 events of Collegiate MTB Nationals in Beech Mountain, NC. The Men’s and Women’s short track cross country races were held this morning under clear skies and relatively warm temperatures (compared to last year at the same venue). The Buffaloes of CU are leading in the team omnium standings after stellar performances by 2 native Durangoans, Sepp Kuss (1st for the men) and Emily Schaldach (2nd for the women).
Skyhawks Stephan Davoust and Sofia Gomez Villafane each earned 3rd place finishes in their respective races. Payson McElveen followed Stephan in 4th place, Levi Kurlander 9th and Michael Sampson 12th. Following Sofia for FLC was Jenna MacPherson in 11th, Cara Woods in 13th, Carley Endersbe 18th and Libbey Endersbe in 21st.
Second place is a solid place to be with 3 events left to be contested for each gender the Cross Country and Downhill on Saturday, the Dual Slalom on Sunday and a 4th event, the Coed team relay, also on Sunday. It is a better situation then the cycling Skyhawks were in last year after day 1 and again this year they are counting on consistency and depth to defend their team overall omnium title (FLC is join for its 9th consecutive omnium title this year).
For timely results (not necessarily official ) check out and like the FLC Cycling Team Facebook page or on twitter @FLCCYCLING. For official results and complete coverage of the 2014 Collegiate MTB Nationals go to usacycling.org
Here are some photos of todays action:
Fort Lewis College Cycling has chosen the team that will represent the Skyhawks at the upcoming 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Beech Mtn., NC on Oct. 24-26. The team will be seeking it’s 9th consecutive Collegiate MTB title and 22nd overall team title. These are some of the toughest decisions that the coaches (Nick Gould, Elke Brutsaert, Justin Biser, Phil Cowan and Lucas LeMaire) ever have to make simply because there are so many talented riders to choose from.
Last weekend in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University’s home meet he Skyhawks got 2nd in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) team final standings behind the University of Colorado. FLC rider Stephan Davoust collected two individual conference titles in Endurance and Omnium. Having such good competition in the RMCCC is great preparation for the National competitions against not only top RMCCC teams but also teams from perennial national powerhouses Marian University, host Lees McRae College and Lindsay Wilson College.
At Nationals FLC will compete in Gravity events – Downhill (DH) and Dual Slalom (DS) and Endurance events, Cross Country (XC) and Short Track XC (ST). Team Relay (TR) is an endurance event where 3-4 riders compete in a 4-lap race with a female competing at least 2 laps. Each Collegiate team is allowed to bring 8 riders of each gender to compete in these events and it usually boils down to 4 riders per gender per discipline. Some riders are very adept at both Gravity and Endurance and will be competing in both disciplines in search of an Individual Omnium (IO) title. Becky Gardner will be defending the DH title she won at last year’s event and Sofia Gomez Villafane will be defending her IO crown.
There are a few ways to keep up with the team before and during the competitions. The team’s blog site will have daily pictures and updates at http://cycling.fortlewis.edu, on Facebook by liking http://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam or following on Twitter @FLCCYCLING. The complete schedule, official results and reports can be found on http://usacycling.org.
Becky Gardener , Junior– DH, DS
Leila Carrillo, Junior – DH, DS
Zach Graveson, Junior – DH, DS
Brian White, Junior – DH, DS
Joe Crosby, Junior – DH, DS
Andrew Fortini, Senior – DH, DS
Sofia Gomez Villafane, Junior – XC, ST, DH, DS, TR, IO
Cara Woods, Freshman – XC, ST
Jenna MacPherson, Sophomore – XC, ST, TR
Carley Endersbe, Freshman – XC, ST
Libbey Endersbe, Freshman – XC, ST
Payson McElveen, Junior – XC, ST, TR
Stephan Davoust, Sophomore – XC, ST, DS, TR
Levi Kurlander, Sophomore – XC, ST
Michael Sampson, Junior – XC, ST, DH, DS, IO
Please wish the team luck on their travels and performances.
For more info contact:
Dave Hagen – FLC Cycling Administrator
FLC Cycling’s short track season is once again coming to an end with USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis, IN, September 25-28, 2014. The cycling Skyhawks rapped up training with the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) championships in Colorado Springs at 7/11 Velodrome September 13-14. The RMCCCTrack Championships consisted of 5 events: points race, scratch race, miss and out, men’s and women’s team pursuits and collegiate team sprint. Results can be found on USA Cycling http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2014-3021
Track Coach Ian Burnett and the cycling staff have named the team that’ll head to Indy. He says “we are bringing the deepest, most experienced team to Track Nats that FLC has ever produced.” The team is led by defending track individual omnium champion Zach Noonan (Jr.). Dean Haas (Jr.), 2013 scratch race champion, Max Thilen (Soph.) and Troy Meeker (Jr.) are returning members of the 2013 team pursuit team that captured 2nd last year. FLC has several promising young freshman Weston Flickinger (Fr.), Lucas Wardein (Fr.) and Emmanuel Gagne (Fr.) that will complete the squad.
The Women’s team is led by Ivie Crawford (Sr.), who brings a lot of track experience, along with Maddie Chaves (Soph.) as the two returning members of the 2013 team. Sophomores Jenna MacPherson and Sydney Edmonson join Crawford and Chaves on the Women’s Team Pursuit Team and in the endurance events. The final member of the Women’s team is Dominique Shore (Fr.), who spent the whole summer at the 7-11 Velodrome and is showing great promise in the sprint events.
Results, great photos and stories of the trip can be found at http://cycling.fortlewis.edu, the FLC Cycling Team Facebook page and Twitter feed, @FLCCYLING.
More info on the 2014 Collegiate Track Nationals, as well as the race schedule and official results can be found at: https://www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-track-nationals.
Well, thats a wrap. Your Fort Lewis College Skyhawks finished up a great weekend of racing sunday with a road race win by Junior Griffen Easter, with teammate Zack Noonan in 3rd. It was a great to finish with celebratory hugs and high fives, which moved us up to 3rd in the overall Team Omnium standing. The elusive Omnium title will have to wait until next year as Marian University proved the top team with the Men finishing 2nd overall and Women taking the top spot. Congrats to the Knights of Indianapolis once again!
Team Omnium Results- 1st Marian University, 2nd Lindenwood University, 3rd Fort Lewis College, 4th University of California-Davis, 5th Stanford University
FLC Mens Road Race Results- 1. Griffen Easter, 3. Zack Noonan, 25. Renan Maia, 50. Max Thilen, 51. Dean Haas, 55. Natan Cavalca. Out of 166 starters.
FLC Womens Road Race Results- 18. Jenna MacPherson, 38. Sydney Edmonson, 46. Sofia Gomez Villafane, 49. Maddie Chavez, 53. Ivie Crawford, out of 73 starters.
A big thanks to all our amazing program sponsors. Check them out to the right of this column. Thanks to Women’s Head Coach Elke Brutsaert for the precooked team dinners and meals and Head Coach Ian Burnett for the amazing race support and knowledge. Director Dave Hagen for the excellent team house and early morning wake up calls. Support staff of Mechanic Ben Stalker for keeping our bikes running flawlessly and Alumni Aaron Canale for pit/feed help and plenty of high fives. Fort Lewis College Cycling is a special scholastic developmental program and it takes an army to run. It is a great program to be associated with and we look foreword to many years of fun memories!
No Photos yet. we are having pizza party!
Yesterday saw some of the biggest crowds Collegiate Cycling has ever seen with the Mens and Women’s criterium taking place in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Our FLC Skyhawks did great, with aggressive racing from the gun in the Mens race and a early crash splitting the field in the Women’s race. Sophomore Dean Hass rode off the front of the race on lap four and solo’d for almost an hour. The crowd and the announcers giving him love each lap he whizzed by. He eventually got caught with four laps to go, and in the end a Lindenwood rider out sprinted Marian’s defending champion for the win. For the Ladies it was Ivie Crawford who made the front group and rode aggressive, in one of her best nationals efforts ever. In the end she couldn’t match the power that defending champ from Marian and rode in to 22nd place. Despite not making the podium, the Skyhawks had a blast and had some good race experiences.
Ladies Results- Ive Crawford 22nd, Jenna MacPherson 30th, Sydney Edmonson 54th, Maddie Chavez 58th
Men’s Results- Renan Maia 10th, Griffen Easter 14th, Zack Noonan 22nd, Dean Haas 69th
Omnium after day 2- 1st Marain, 2nd UC Davis, 3rd Lindenwood, 4th Fort Lewis College, 5th Stanford
Tomorrow is a long day of road racing, wish us luck!
Good first day for the Skyhawks. We currently sit in second place behind our arch nemesis/friendly rivals Marian University. Stanford sits in third and tomorrow should be action packed with the criterium in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The FLC Ladies race at 1pm and the Men at 3:30pm eastern time.
Check out the USA Cycling website for more http://www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-road-nationals
And a very big thanks to our friends, family and staff at Fort Lewis College for supporting us through this cycling adventure. Big time love to our sponsors, go ahead and check them out on the side bar to your right. We have an amazing team and its not just the riders and staff, FLC Cycling runs deep!
Our Skyhawk Women did great today, improving from their seventh place finish at last season nationals in Utah to a fifth place podium spot today in Richmond, Virginia . It was their best Team Time Trial performance of the year and their time placed them atop all the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Schools. Even quicker than Colorado Mesa University, who had beaten them at each conference race this season. Congrats to Maddie Chaves, Sofia Gomez Villafane, Sydney Edmonson, and Jenna MacPherson. Well Played Lady Hawks!
Wow, what a day for the Skyhawk men. With a winning margin of thirty three seconds over Marion University, the solid FLC team showed that practice makes perfect. This being Fort Lewis’s 5th TTT title, and maybe the most dominant, the four Skyhawks worked well together thanks to a season of practice and RMCC Conference races. Congrats to Natan Cavalca, Griffen Easter, Dean Haas and Zack Noonen.
Every road nationals we do this and its definitely a highlight. Flying with the Skyhawk flock and hopefully talking the talk, thats what we do. Tomorrow is the Team Time Trial and the course is oh so sweet. All in downtown Richmond, Virginia.
We had a great sleep in, excellent egg and toast breakfast, kitted up and rode around our lake for an hour or so. Tons of sunny smiles in 12 miles. Came home to delicious pizza by Elke, rested, then off to registration in downtown Richmond. Gotta love collegiate cycling!
Welcome to our Blog. This will be the place to pull photos and info throughout the weekend. My name is Chad Cheeney, alumni, former coach, former schlepper and man of many titles with this weekends mission being photo-journaling the amazing event.
All the events will take place in downtown Richmond, Virginia, yep, right through the city streets. This race is a test event for the UCI Road World Championships and we will be racing on the very courses that the pro’s like Cancellara, Boonen and Sagen will be shredding next September in 2015.
Team Time Trial is friday, Criterium on saturday and road race on sunday. So excited to see this squad in action and I must say, we are looking fast, Thunderbird fast!
Check out our Instagram @flccycling, Twitter @flccycling, Facebook @FLC Cycling Team for more more action. Go Hawks!
The FLC Cycling Team has just finished the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) road racing season at Colorado Mesa University and has put together the team that’ll represent Fort Lewis College at USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals May 2-5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.
The Cycling Skyhawks finished second as a team to the University of Colorado Boulder in the final RMCCC Division 1 standings after 6 weekends of racing. “It’s tough,” says FLC Cycling Road Coach, Ian Burnett, “because weather kept the FLC team from travelling to the CU weekend otherwise we would have won the Conference Championship.”
The FLC Cycling staff has spent most of the last 48 hours mulling over this season results, past results and the character of the large pool possible student athletes to represent. The following student athletes will compete in the Team Time Trial, Criterium and Road Race on the same courses that Richmond will use for the UCI World Road Championships in 2015. They will be searching for individual glory in each of those events as well as trying to get FLC Cycling the elusive Team Omnium title. “ Picking a Nationals Team out of so many deserving riders is one of the toughest parts of the job but I think we did a great job of picking riders best suited to the courses while also working well as a team”, said Coach Burnett, “if things come together well for us we have a really good shot at the team title.”
|Women – TTT=Team Time Trial, CR=Criterium, RR=Road Race|
|Sofia Gomez Villafane – SO – California – TTT, RR|
|Ivie Crawford – JR – California – CR, RR|
|Jenna MacPherson – SO – Idaho – TTT, CR, RR|
|Sydney Edmonson – FR – Colorado – TTT, CR, RR|
|Maddie Chaves – FR – Oregon – TTT, CR, RR|
|Griffin Easter – JR – California – TTT, CR, RR|
|Dean Haas – SO – Colorado – TTT, CR, RR|
|Renan Maia – SO –Brazil – CR, RR|
|Zack Noonan – SO – Pennsylvania – TTT, CR, RR|
|Natan Cavalca – SO – Brazil – TTT, RR|
|Max Thilen – FR – Florida – RR|
Wish the team luck at Nats and for the latest on the action be sure to keep an eye on http://cycling.fortlewis.edu for blog updates, the team Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam and twitter: @flccycling.
More info on USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals can be found at: https://www.usacycling.org/2014/collegiate-road-nationals